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  • How Tycoons Fall

    Lee's departure has forecasters predicting big changes for family business empires. Again.
  • King Coal’s Comeback

    The Welsh coal-mining industry was all but dead, until booming global demand sparked a revival.
  • Gone In 11 Minutes Flat

    Singapore's top terrorist slips out of jail—revealing worrying cracks in this ultracompetent nanny state.
  • The Stealth Rescue

    As Burma's generals dither, victims of Cyclone Nargis are getting secret help from private citizens.
  • Britain’s Mr. Nice Guy

    A rebranding campaign and a struggling British Labour Party are helping to revive the touchy-feely new Conservatives.
  • Mail Call: Tibet and the Torch

    Readers of our March 31 report on China's crackdown in Tibet sympathized with Tibetans but not with protests over the Olympics. "You reported the truth about Tibet's sad plight," said one. Another agreed: "China has ruthlessly crushed Tibetans." Still, opined a third, "don't meddle with the Games." ...
  • The Cash-Machine Capers

    Forcing open cash machines is risky work. Those who try with a car must smash into the hunk of steel driving at least 40kph for a shot at success—and ATMs often withstand even faster charges, says Travis Yates, head driving trainer at the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma. Some thieves drag dislodged machines away to open with a blowtorch, but that's hardly any more discreet than ram raids. And many new ATMs release a blast of ink when jarred, ruining the cash inside. Increasingly, the machines are placed behind heavy metal barriers or inside shops, or both, to thwart attacks. If you're an old-school ATM thief, "you're more than likely going to end up disappointed," says Yates.Still, theft from ATMs is up—it leapt to €468 million in Europe last year, an increase of €131 million over 2006, according to a new report by the Edinburgh-based nonprofit European ATM Security Team. Thieves are using new electronic tricks to steal data from ATM cards, often with electronic spying equipment...
  • Fast Chat: Alpha Dogs of London

    In "Alpha Dogs," London Times editor James Harding investigates the Americanization of global politics and points to a culprit: the Sawyer Miller Group. Throughout the 1970s and '80s, the U.S. firm packaged and sold foreign politicians like consumer goods. Harding spoke with NEWSWEEK's Tony Dokoupil. ...
  • Movies: Wanna-Be Carrie

    Much has been made of "Sex and the City's" single-girl mythology, with its four Dolce-clad heroines who set off to conquer a larger-than-life version of New York. Now the prospect of seeing Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda go through one more mythopoetic cycle is causing epic preparations. To fete the film, which premiered May 12 in London and opens stateside the weekend of May 30, devotees will be able to indulge in a "Sex and the City" package at New York's Mandarin Oriental (with cocktails like the "Mr. Big Apple-tini" and outings to Jimmy Choo), brunch with female-only networking groups in Baltimore or enter a "SATC" look-alike contest at Boston's Underbar (break out your nameplate necklaces). Patricia Field, the show's designer, is peddling heart-shaped cosmo flasks on her Web site for moviegoers to accessorize.Most fans, though, are just planning to head to the theater in style. "I've always identified with Carrie," says Rozy Lewis, a Manhattan party planner who's...
  • Everest Torch: The Full Price Of The Peak

    On May 8, mountaineers finally raised the Olympic torch atop Everest, beating high winds and snowstorms that destroyed their camps and rope routes. Official congratulators noted how admirably the team had overcome their difficulties.They deserve their success. But let's look at the cost of the climb. The total financial burden will probably never be known, but it includes the road China built into the mountain, the media center erected at its base and the 50 mountaineers kept there for two months, awaiting favorable conditions. Then there's the compensation to Nepal for lost revenue (the country had to close its side of the mountain during the height of climbing season, while the Olympic team summited).After Everest reopened, commercial climbers faced a difficult choice. They'd already spent much of the season corralled at base camp. Now, to reach the top before the summer monsoon arrives at the end of May (with its heavy snows and greater avalanche risk) is a chancy bet. And with...
  • The Tumor That Changed Me

    Can your outlook change, even if your day-to-day actions don't? In my experience, it definitely can.
  • The Tom Sawyer of Innovation

    When Nintendo released its Wii videogame console in December 2006, it was sold out before it hit the shelves. Stores had more advance orders than they could fill. The company went on to sell more than 20 million Wii consoles within the first year, outselling the next most popular gaming systems, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, combined. But the real significance of the Wii may come from another statistic: 500,000. That's the number of people who downloaded, in a single four-month period, JohnnyChung Lee's software for turning the Wii's unique handset—which allows the player to control the action on screen with a wave of the hand—into something that has nothing to do with videogames: the "pen" for a digital whiteboard, on which people can write and draw from a distance. Lee is one of a growing community of programmers who have expropriated the technology behind the Wii for their own inventions, using it in ways Nintendo never intended. The result has been a groundswell of innovation...
  • Heavy Metal Journal: Rocking In Baghdad

    Filming a documentary on the streets of Baghdad is no easy task. For the producers of "Heavy Metal in Baghdad," a new Vice film about Iraq's only metal band, it meant smuggling themselves into the country, shelling out thousands for security, and constant disorder. But for the members of Acrassicauda, the band those filmmakers set out to find, chaos is a way of life. To get to practice, the group must navigate roadblocks, curfews and death threats. To power their amps, they use gas generators. They play shows in the midst of power outages and mortar rounds. Eventually, their practice space is blown up, sparing their lives but destroying all their equipment.The film, which comes out on DVD next month, is also a tale of the thwarted possibilities for Iraq's youth. The band's four members are educated and Westernized, and though they're intensely loyal to Iraq, they yearn for a place where wearing a Slip Knot shirt won't get you killed. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has never...
  • Fast Chat: Racing Cars And Hearts

    Emile Hirsch drives the Mach 5 in the hit film "Speed Racer." He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh after the London premiere. Excerpts: ...
  • Spy Lore: Man with The Golden Gun

    They seem unlikely bedfellows: an international spy known for his way with the ladies, and a museum dedicated to Britain's military campaigns. But London's Imperial War Museum pulls off the pairing with its latest exhibition, "For Your Eyes Only," which traces the parallels between writer and World War II intelligence recruit Ian Fleming and his most famous creation, James Bond.Like 007, Fleming swirled in suave circles. Born 100 years ago in London's posh Mayfair, his father was a Parliament member and his grandfather founded the Scottish American Investment Trust. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, Britain's military academy, Fleming went on to work as a journalist for the Times of London, where he gained a reputation of being intrepid (he once lobbied, unsuccessfully, to interview Stalin). When war broke out, the head of British naval intelligence—who later inspired the character "M"—recruited Fleming, giving the young man a bird's-eye view into the clandestine operations that would...
  • Moscow Journal: The Flaw in the Boom

    Russia's new president, Dmitry Medvedev, inherited a rising power with an Achilles' heel: galloping inflation, which threatens to undercut seven years of healthy economic growth, buoyed by ever-rising energy and commodity prices. In the first quarter of 2008, consumer prices rose 5.3 percent (compared with 3 percent in the same quarter last year), and inflation has toppled alcoholism as Russians' No. 1 worry, according to a March poll by the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion. Earlier this month, protests erupted in Moscow against high food prices and low state wages.Vladimir Putin, who went from the presidency to the prime minister's office last week, presides over a cabinet divided as to how to handle the crisis. The veteran Finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, wants to cut state spending—some economists warn that current levels of government spending could push inflation up to 14 percent by the year-end. But the new Economic Development and Trade minister, Elvira...
  • Labour Pains: Knives Out For Brown

    Gordon Brown knows plenty about jockeying for power. As chancellor under Tony Blair, he made little secret of scheming to succeed his boss. Now as prime minister, it's Brown's turn to feel the heat. After less than a year in office, his own M.P.s are muttering that the party needs a different leader if it's to win the next general election, due within two years.If Brown stays in Downing Street, it will be more a result of his rivals' failed tactics than his own popularity. Local government elections on May 1 saw Labour's share of the national vote drop to 24 percent, its lowest level in more than 40 years. Worse, a recent survey found 55 percent of party supporters said Labour would fare better with a new leader. But don't expect a challenge just yet. Possible successors have stuck to praising the P.M. in public. Pundits say a leadership fight would only intensify the party's image problems. An unpopular Brown may still be better than an unpopular party.
  • Bobble Heads of State: As Japan’s Leader Fades, Surprising Options Appear

    It's come to this. Japan's exasperation with a long and largely unbroken string of hapless prime ministers has reached new levels. The current seatholder, Yasuo Fukuda, now has an approval rating of 21 percent, which is lower than that of his widely disparaged predecessor, Shinzo Abe, when he resigned. Indeed, that rating is the second worst of any prime minister in recent years (Yoshiro Mori holds the record low: 16 percent in 2001). Although Fukuda inherited most of his immediate problems from Abe, including an ongoing corporate pension scandal and an unpopular new medical insurance program for the elderly, he's failed to indicate whether he can follow through on his predecessor's promised reforms.This would redound in favor of Japan's opposition leader, Ichiro Ozawa, if he were not seen as equally inept. Though Ozawa's Democratic Party won a landslide victory in last month's parliamentary by-elections, Ozawa is not a clear front runner himself. According to a recent opinion poll...
  • Flying in the Belly of the Blimp

    It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a … dirigible? Zeppelin NT is now offering scenic rides over southern Germany. Floating serenely over forests and lakes, the aircraft delivers a taste of the romance and luxury enjoyed a century ago by transatlantic air barons. It carries just 12 people, is kept aloft by nonflammable helium and sports giant picture windows that offer breathtaking 360-degree vistas. As long as a Boeing 747, the mammoth ship lifts off from Friedrichshafen, the lakeside town where Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin invented his famous flying machine in 1900. A "Diamond" flight tour includes three nights at a four-star hotel in nearby Meersburg, all meals, a 90-minute flight and tours of the Zeppelin hangar and museum. The company also runs spectacular day and night flights over Tokyo, with tours of London and San Francisco planned for this year or next. For guilt-free cruising, the company will even offset your carbon emissions (€1,475 per person for the Diamond tour;...
  • 4 Hours in Ibiza

    This Balearic island has much more to offer than a bustling party scene. For starters, it's home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Mediterranean, with breathtaking cliffs and red-clay farmland bursting with orange and olive groves. ...
  • Colonial Treasures

    The era of leisurely travel, when people spent months covering great distances, is long gone. But the memories of this golden age remain intact within the walls of some of Asia's oldest hotels.As William Warren's recently published book "Asia's Legendary Hotels" (208 pages. Periplus Editions. $44.95) recounts, many of these historic hotels were built inthe pseudoclassical style that emerged in British India around the turn of the 20th century, with grand lobbies, long corridors, broad verandas and large wooden fans. After years of neglect, many have been restored to their former glories.Art deco lamps and black-and-white floor tiles reflect the 1929 origins of the Raffles Hotel, Le Royal. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, its white-columned façade and tall graceful archways exude French colonial elegance ($510 per night; phnompenh .raffles.com). Singapore's Raffles Hotel has preserved its nostalgic charm with polished teakwood corridors, period lighting and reproduction antique...
  • Defense: An Underwater Threat From China

    As America and its allies focus their diplomatic energy on the Middle East and Afghanistan, China continues to alter the balance of power in East Asia with little fanfare and even less resistance. Consider recent revelations that China has built a massive new naval base in Sanya, on Hainan Island. The strategically located base, which features underground facilities, provides the Chinese Navy with hard-to-monitor deep-water access to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean region, as well as the ability to project military power in andtrade routes considered vital to all Asian countries. Since World War II, the U.S. Navy has policed these sea routes. Washington and its allies have provided the security that has underwritten Asia's remarkable growth in trade and prosperity. By building a Navy capable of taking on U.S. forces, however, it seems Beijing is now seeking to contest that U.S. maritime dominance—a move that could seriously undermine peace and prosperity throughout Asia.The...
  • Winds of Change

    Cyclone Nargis may have done more than just wreck Burma's cities. It may also spell doom for the government.
  • The Hunt for Mr. Europe

    The EU is choosing its new president. But will he be pencil-sharpener in chief, or a new global player?
  • And Justice for None

    A gripping new thriller examines the fungible concepts of innocence and guilt in Stalinist Russia.
  • How to Feed the World

    Below, eight leaders in the fight against hunger offer up food crisis action plans, and long term ideas for how to end famine and bolster farming.
  • War is the Answer

    Sri Lanka's leaders are testing a dangerous theory: that the best way to end a civil war is by winning it.
  • Hunger: The Biggest Crisis of All

    If you have any doubt about the long-term implications of hunger, consider the following statistic. In North Korea, where food shortages and famine have been endemic for years, the average adolescent is 18 centimeters shorter than his counterpart in South Korea. Hunger has created a lost generation. Today, as food prices spiral out of control, the worry is that millions more of the world's poorest will also be lost to its ravages. Over the past few months, there have been food-related riots in 22 countries.One government (Haiti) has fallen because of them. Others are under pressure.It all underscores the incredibly political nature of food. Fuel prices have risen farther and faster than agricultural commodities over the past few years, and the $1 trillion subprime mess dwarfs the food crisis in terms of economic impact. But you don't eat oil or stocks. "Food is a radically different threat, because it affects so many of the world's poor so profoundly," says Erwann Michel-Kerjan,...
  • How a Cemetery Saved an Iraq Veteran’s Life

    Before being deployed to Iraq in 2003, Andrew Alonzo worked as a caretaker at one of the nation's largest military cemeteries. When he came home, that graveyard helped save his life.